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When I was younger my mum always used to buy me and my brothers and sisters our shoes from Clarks. I do the same for my daughters, I like their feet to the measured to ensure the shoes fit them well and won't rub or cause them any problems. My daughter is due to start 'big school' next month so I will need to look at buying school shoes again. She was at preschool since 2 years 9 months and I had bought school style shoes for this. The last pair I bought were these shoes pictured above, Daisy Meadow from Clarks. They are made from black leather with a cute black bow detail on the front, they fasten with velcro. I think it is important to choose shoes your child can put on and remove themselves as they need to be able to put on wellies for outside play. On the back of the shoe there is a Clarks logo embossed into the leather and a patent leather stripe at the back of the shoe. The shoes feel well padded and soft on the inside, there is purple lining which my daughter likes. They are suprisingly hard wearing which I am pleased about. My daughter has worn these while riding her scooter (which meant the toes got rather scuffed so I soon put a stop to that.) They have been well worn and loved with wearing them at least 3 times a week. I polished them to keep them looking clean and tidy and when my daughter had grown out of these I passed them onto a friend for her little girl. They have made no marks on her feet and she loved wearing them and said they were her comfy dancing shoes! Daisy chose these shoes herself and was excited to see the shoes were called Daisy Meadow. Inside the box was a lovely sheet of stickers which little girls enjoy sticking everywhere! These aren't the cheapest shoes that Clarks sell as they cost me £30 BUT I feel that it was money well spent as I am confident that shoes need to be good quality and fitted well to their feet especially when they are still growing. These clean up well and are hard wearing and I would recommend these. Thanks for reading.
When I was a child, my mother would always buy our school shoes from Clarks. Everything else, shoes for every day wear, could come from any old shop, but for school shoes it was always Clarks. I still have memories of that strange foot measuring machine, and being convinced it was going to cut my foot off at the ankles. Now that I have a daughter at school myself, I too tend to pick up school shoes from Clarks, I guess because I've always known shoes purchased from them to be good quality and long lasting, and I hoped that these 'Daisy Meadow' shoes would be no exception. Now, they do say you get what you pay for, and costing from £30 in Clarks stores (£32 in my daughters size) these aren't the cheapest shoes around. It's always worth going into the shop to get your childs feet measured, noting down the style you want, and then looking around online, as with a little bit of shopping about I did manage to get a pair new for £23. The shoes themselves are black, ideal for school, and are the ballerina pump style, with a velcro fastening over the foot, and a small bow at the front adding that little touch of girlishness. If you look very carefully, you can also make out the Clarks logo embossed into the leather. The inner sole of the shoe is pink, and it ever so slightly cushioned, giving that little bit of extra support. The sole of the shoe is a nice thick black rubber, with flowers carved into it, and right at the heel of the shoe is a strip of black shiny patent. The shoes come in a variety of width fittings, which is good as my daughter has quite narrow feet, and with a lot of other brands we do have issues with them not fastening securely enough. Now, my daughter is having something of a foot growth spurt at the moment, so was actually only in these shoes for maybe 7 months. She's your typical nine year old though - running about in the school playground, climbing trees, and generally giving the shoes a hard time. They have sustained a fair few scuffs, but nothing that couldn't be made to look right with a coat of polish. The fastening straps seem to have stretched, possibly because she does yank the shoes tight in the mornings, and the velcro is perhaps not as grippy as it once was. The soles still have plenty of life in them though, and, had her shoe size not changed, I would have been happy for her to continue wearing them, and would have been happy to purchase the same style in the new size. However, my daughter although she said they were very comfortable, opted for a different style this time. Probably my only quibble with these is that, especially if you're childs feet grow quickly and you'll be purchasing shoes again soon, is that they are a lot more expensive than a lot of other retailers. I do think it is worth it for the quality though- I'm just hoping she stays in this pair a little longer.